The Salvation Army Red Kettle and Angel Tree programs operate in Washtenaw County

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw County Salvation Army, in association with Briarwood Mall, hosted the Hope Marches On Kettle Kickoff on Wednesday November 17th.

“For the next six weeks through Christmas Eve, we will be deploying our iconic red cauldrons throughout Washtenaw District,” said Major Brian Goodwill of the Washtenaw District Salvation Army.

The money raised this season will fund not only Christmas relief, but a variety of Salvation Army operations in 2022, including continued support for the COVID emergency aid program for rentals.

“We have definitely seen an increase in the number of people facing eviction, in need of food, in need of help with their utilities because they have been laid off from work or their hours have been cut,” said Marla Conkin. Director of the Social Services of the Salvation Army. “We are still seeing a lot of people who have not returned to pre-COVID status with their employment.”

The Salvation Army’s goal is to raise $ 150,000 through the Red Kettle program. More than two dozen electric kettles can be found across the Washtenaw district, including locations like Briarwood Mall, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.

In addition to the campaign for the red kettle, his annual Angel Tree program is also starting in the mall. Trees are just outside Macy’s and JCPenney in the east wing near Eddie Bauer. Community members can select a tag from the trees listing the age, gender, height, and Christmas wish list of a local child.

An Angel Tree Tag hangs on a Christmas tree during the Red Kettle Kickoff event at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Buyers can pick up a day and purchase some or all of the gifts on the donation list for the program. The Salvation Army will then distribute the gifts to families in the children’s program that opens this Christmas.Alyte Katilius | MLive.com

“More than 1,000 children have registered for the Engelsbaum Christmas gift program. But our ability to reach families in need is really determined by the generosity of our donors in the community, ”said Goodwill.

Donations can be made to the California Pizza Kitchen at Briarwood Mall or to the Salvation Army at 100 Arbana Drive in Ann Arbor. The gifts are then distributed to the participating families so that their children can open on Christmas morning.

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